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  • 01 Jan 2021 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors had their final meeting of the year in mid-December and the 2021 Handbook has now been published. UHCA has been going strong for twelve years. One of the things we’ve wrestled through the years with is getting folks riding in the divisions where they can be the most competitive. We’ve also had extensive discussions about judging and scoring and how we can improve these aspects of UHCA.

    With those issues in mind, we’ve made some fairly significant changes to how the Intermediate, Amateur, and Open divisions will work starting in 2021 and changed the scoring scale from a 10-point scale to a 5-point scale. There are a few other minor changes to the Handbook—if it’s cold outside, you no longer have to ask if you can wear a coat—but most are small revisions made for clarity. As always, changes are highlighted in blue to make them easy to locate.

    Regarding the scoring scale, each obstacle and horsemanship will now be scored on a 5-point scale with half points possible. Maximum time points will also be adjusted down to 5 to maintain an equitable emphasis on speed. This change will result is total score being much lower in an effort to close the gap on objectivity and allow our judges to score more consistently.

    The Intermediate, Amateur and Open divisions will now be Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 respectively. This new structure allows for mid-season moves to a higher level, if performance warrants it, without penalizing a rider for year-end awards. Level advancement will be based on a horse/rider team on the high impact course, not just the rider.

    All three Level divisions will be judged by the same set of judges for an event and the judges will not be aware of which level a horse/rider team is registered for. All riders in the high-impact course will be intermingled and randomly drawn for run order together. Since Colts will be riding along with the Level divisions, their scoresheets will be distinctive to alert the judges to be on the lookout for inappropriate gear.

    Level 1 horse/rider teams will be automatically entered into Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 2 horse/rider teams will be automatically entered into Level 2 and Level 3. Level 3 horse/rider teams will be entered into Level 3 only. However, each horse/rider team on the high-impact will have just one run.

    As an extreme example of how this new structure works, if Level 1 horse/rider team has the highest score of all Level 1-3 competitors, that horse/rider team places first at that event in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 and collects prizes/paybacks for all three levels. They receive 10 year-end placement points in Level 1 only. If a horse/rider team scores in the top 20% of a higher level in each of their first 3 races, the horse/rider team will be automatically moved to the higher level for the remainder of the season.

    There are far more details about how this new structure works in the Handbook, so we encourage you to review it. We will plan to review these changes at the Year-End Awards Banquet and Membership Meeting in February and at the first race of the season if needed, so not to worry if you have questions after reviewing the Handbook. Plus, you can always contact a Board member if you have questions.

    Congratulations to Jennifer Clark, Chris Elbe, Susan Kuestersteffen, and Josh Rushing for election to the Board of Directors and to Chris Shaner for the office of President-Elect. 2021 UHCA President, Angie Jones will guide us through a much smoother 2021!

    Hopefully we’ll see everyone at the 2020 Awards Banquet on February 13, at the Paola Country Club in Paola, KS. Tickets can be purchased on our website. We wish all of you a promising and fulfilling year in 2021. Cheers to good health, grand adventures and plenty of time in the saddle!

  • 27 Nov 2020 7:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2021 UHCA schedule has been announced. We have 9 events on the calendar for next year. Save the dates! 

    February 13: 2020 Banquet
    April 24-25:Riverside Cowboy Church, Nevada, MO
    May 15-16: Mid Central Horsemen, Maryville, MO
    June 26: R Bar B, Topeka, KS
    July 24: Rain Date
    August 14: Cow Creek Race, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Girard, KS
    September 11: Ochs Ranch, Gridley, KS
    October 2-3: Irvin Ranch, Cleveland, MO
    November – 2021 Banquet

  • 18 Oct 2020 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a cool end to the 2020 season! RSCC put on a great race at Eagle Ranch this weekend.

    Congratulations to all the division winners:

    Buckaroo: Bailey Jones on both Saturday and Sunday

    Youth: Josh Sandness on Saturday and Danali Cramer on Sunday

    Classic: Jim Ochs on Saturday and Tim Yoho on Sunday

    Novice: Kim Washam on Saturday and Red Lacey on Sunday

    Intermediate: Helen Alewine on both Saturday and Sunday

    Colt: Josh Rushing on both Saturday and Sunday

    Amateur: Jen Peterson on Saturday and Steve Barrett on Sunday

    Open: Rick Sandness on Saturday and Chad Blunk on Sunday

    Results have been posted, along with year end points.

  • 04 Oct 2020 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was a great weekend at the Irvin Ranch and Cattle Company. A huge thank you to Shane and Grace Irvin for hosting us!

    Congratulations to all the division winners from the weekend:

    Buckaroo- Abigail Dolecheck on Saturday and Bailey Jones on Sunday

    Youth- Josh Sandness on Saturday and Faith Kuestersteffen on Sunday

    Classic- Jim Ochs on Saturday and Tim Yoho on Sunday

    Novice- Kim Washam on Saturday and Frank Twitty on Sunday

    Intermediate- Windy Cummings on Saturday and Amy Campbell on Sunday

    Colt- Josh Rushing on Saturday and Sunday

    Amateur- Tim Yoho on Saturday and Sunday

    Open- Chad Blunk on Saturday and Jim Ochs on Sunday

    Results have been posted to the website, along with updated year end points.

    Reminder that you need 5 races to qualify for year end awards- we have 2 races left at Eagle Ranch on October 17 and 18. We hope to see you there.

  • 14 Sep 2020 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow- what a great weekend we had at Eagle Ranch in Collins, Mo. Thank you to all that stepped up to help us run a smooth show.Results have been posted to the website and year end points have been updated.

    Congratulations to all our division winners:

    Buckaroo: Paityn Blunk on Saturday and Bailey Jones on Sunday

    Youth: Danali Cramer on Saturday and Sunday

    Classic: Jim Ochs on Saturday and Sunday

    Novice: Karen Huey on Saturday and James Huey on Sunday

    Intermediate: John Hodges on Saturday and Karen Huey on Sunday

    Colt: Josh Rushing on Saturday and Sunday

    Amateur: Cindy Mitchell on Saturday and Sunday

    Open: Chad Blunk on Saturday and Sunday

  • 13 Aug 2020 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year has thrown an abundance of challenges our way and while this season is off to a rocky start with cancelled and rescheduled races, the UHCA Board of Directors is working extremely hard to salvage what we can of 2020.

    It was wonderful to see everyone in June and we thank you all for coming out to R Bar B. We are doing our best to ensure that we can have more events in the fall. To be honest, between human viruses and horse viruses, not to mention unpredictable fall weather, we can’t be certain more events won’t have to be cancelled, but the Board is committed giving it everything we’ve got to put on a few more events this year.

    We are still planning to have the September 12-13 event that was planned for Saddle and Sirloin however the event will now be held at Eagle Ranch in Collins, MO. The September event will be a UHCA-hosted event, which means the Board of Directors will organize the event. Eagle Ranch Resort has offered us their facility to have the event. It takes a village to run an event and the more hands the better, so we’re asking our members to lend a hand at the event to ensure it runs smoothly. We’ll be reaching out soon to see if you’d be willing to help out with scribing, timekeeping, setting up, etc. when you’re not warming up or participating in your division. Watch your email and Facebook for more information.

    The events originally planned for July 18-19 have been rescheduled for October 3-4 at Irvin Ranch in Cleveland, MO. The October 17-18 event, also at Eagle Ranch is still on the calendar as well.

    And while we’re on the topic of dates, mark your calendar for November 21, for the Year End Awards Banquet and Membership Meeting at the Paola Country Club.

    We know that health concerns for yourself, your families, and your horses/mules are top of mind for everyone these days between COVID-19 and VSV. We will maintain our social distancing guidelines for our events and will extend those guidelines to our equine partners to ensure their health as well. Look for more information coming soon on the event registration pages regarding safety measures and requirements that you should be aware of at each venue. While we want to see you all at the upcoming races, we understand if the risks or challenges of traveling with your horses/mules are more than you want to bear under the current circumstances.

    I invite you to reach out to me or other board members if you have concerns or suggestions for how UHCA can be more successful. Your feedback is important. You can always catch me at an event, but feel free to drop me an email or give me a call as well.

    Thank you for being a part of the UHCA family and for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you soon—whenever that may be.


    Melanie Dolechek
    UHCA President

  • 13 Jul 2020 6:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to today’s news that there is a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in Miami County, KS, the decision has been made to cancel the UHCA races scheduled for this weekend, July 18-19,  in Cleveland, MO as a precautionary measure. The virus is primarily transmitted from biting insects including flies, but can also spread by nose-to-nose contact between animals. We are disappointed to have to cancel, but feel it’s necessary to ensure the health and safety of our member’s horses and our host’s facility. Watch for more information in the coming weeks about a rescheduled date for the events. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

  • 15 Jun 2020 7:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow- what a great weekend! Races 1 and 2 are in the books for 2020. We are so thankful to all our riders and fmailies who came out- it was great to see everyone again! Thanks to Russ and Dina Brown at R Bar B for hosting the races at their facility. It truly was an awesome weekend.

    R Bar B was the host for Saturday's race. Congratulations to the division winners from Saturday:

    Buckaroo: Bailey Jones

    Youth: Danali Cramer

    Novice: Karen Rabe

    Classic: Tim Yoho

    Intermediate: Windy Cummings

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Amateur: Jim Best

    Open: Runt Rageth

    Mid-Central Horsemen were our hosts for Sunday's race. The Redden and Jones families put together a great race. Congratulations to the division winners from Sunday:

    Buckaroo: Bailey Jones

    Youth: Josh Sandness

    Novice: Frank Twitty

    Classic: Jim Ochs

    Intermediate: Tate Nelson

    Colt: Josh Rushing

    Amateur: Alexis Sandness

    Open: Runt Rageth

    Event Results have been posted to the website. Year End points will be posted soon!

  • 08 Jun 2020 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For July, we are making a few schedule changes. The July 18 race originally scheduled to be held in Butler, MO, will now be held at Shane Irvin’s Ranch in Cleveland, MO. We are going to make this a two-day event at Irvin Ranch so we will have two separate races on July 18 and July 19 at the same location. You must register for each day separately. Primitive camping is welcome at no cost. Pens are $15/night. Contact Shane to reserve.

    The October 3 event will be removed from the calendar. Thanks for your understanding as we rearrange things a bit and try to catch up on missed events.  

  • 27 May 2020 8:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are very excited to be kicking off the 2020 season on June 13 and 14 at R Bar B! We can’t wait to see you. In order to comply with state and county guidelines and for the health and safety of our competitors, we’re doing things a little different for these events. We ask that you follow these social distancing guidelines if you are planning to attend.

    • We are REQUIRING that exhibitors pre-register online for these two events (register for each event separately). You can still pay when you get there and you will still need to sign a release form when checking in. If you are paying by check, you'll need 2 separate checks as we have 2 separate event hosts. If you don’t have online access, you can text your registration info to 913-837-6034 by Thursday, June 11. 
    • We are requesting that you renew your membership or join online prior to attending the race.
    • Exhibitors will take their payment and signed release form to the registration table to check in. When waiting in line, observe social distancing guidelines. Please do not congregate near the registration table or concession area. Only one person per family should come to the registration table to pay/check-in. The Event Secretary will also be available Friday evening to take payments/release forms. You can print a copy of the Release Form here. 
    • Please observe social distancing guidelines of 6 feet as much as possible and be mindful of respecting others’ space. Spectators beyond immediate family of exhibitors at these two events are discouraged. If you are ill or have been recently ill, please DO NOT attend these events and put others at risk. Exhibitors and spectators/family members attend at their own risk.
    • Wearing of a mask is welcome, but not required. Please wash your hands frequently and refrain from shaking hands or hugging other individuals. Hand sanitizer will be available in areas around the concessions and registration table.
    • Exhibitors that are planning to camp overnight should also plan to observe the 6-foot distancing guidelines during non-event times and be mindful of respecting others’ space. Organizing potlucks between campers is discouraged.

    We realize that these guidelines may seem extreme, but we really want to make sure everyone stays healthy and we can continue to have events throughout the season. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we all try to make the best of an unusual situation.

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